Who's the Point in Portland?
Some nights Blazers starting point guard Steve Blake can play as much as 40 minutes. Other nights he struggles to log 20. Free agent signee Andre Miller was expected to be a major contributor for Portland this season, but he too has seen his playing time fluctuate.
Even second-year guard Jerryd Bayless – someone who averaged less than 13 minutes per game last year – is starting to carve out a space for himself in Portland's point guard rotation.
So, is there any rhyme or reason to this three-ring circus at the position?
"We don't know," Miller told HOOPSWORLD. "Just, whenever you get into the game, for however much time it is, you want to take advantage of it."
But nobody has been able to do that consistently either. Blake and Miller have each seen their PER's drop significantly from last season as both of their turnover rates have spiked as well. Bayless, on the other hand, has seen his PER rise to 16.24 (15 is the league average) as his turnover rate has fallen from 15.2 as a rookie to 8.6 this season.
No matter how Coach Nate McMillan (who is currently sidelined after Monday surgery for a ruptured Achilles' tendon) has divided the playing time, the results have been the same. Portland is simply getting outplayed at the point.
I think that Miller signing has really hurt Portland and its not necessarily his fault...his game just doesnt mesh with Roy....I think that signing was more of Portland just wanting to use their cap space to get someone, Its a shame too because Turkolu would have been a perfect fit for them, and Milsap could have helped them alot
im not sure hedo would have messed well with roy either because he likes to have the ball in his hands as much as a pg. with oden going down i think they could have used millsap but im not sure you pay that much for a back up
All I know is this...Steve Blake sucks...I'm sorry, I am tired of the guy honestly, He can't even hit open jumpers which is what he's supposed to do.
Start ANDRE...God. Andre might not mesh well with Roy but he certaintly meshes well with LA when they run the fastbreak. Especially last night (another dissapointing loss I might add).
i think blake is one of those players that need to be safely placed at the starting pg without any real competition for the spot to be effective. with him having to share alot of his minutes he doesnt seem to play as well( which shouldnt be the issue because you should always be ready reguardless how many minutes you get and have alot of confidence. to be honest im not impressed with any pg they have put out there..all look average at best